As you know, earlier this year our beloved Director of Music Christopher Houlihan was named Trinity College’s Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music, which was effective the first week of September. While we’re thrilled for Christopher to be tapped for this very prestigious position, we were also a bit chagrined to be tasked with finding someone as musically talented, thoughtful, tasteful and pleasant as Christopher. Lucky for us, after reviewing several candidates, we have found just such a person in Tim Pyper, joined Holy Apostles as our Interim Director of Music on August 14th and performed his first service with us on Sunday, September 10th.
Since moving to New York in 2016, Tim has been a freelance musician in our area, serving regularly at parishes such as the Church of St. Mary the Virgin (where he played and conducted all of the 2016 Holy Week/Easter Day services), the Church of St. Luke in the Fields, and Marble Collegiate Church. Prior to that, Tim was the Director of Music, Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (Anglican), in Calgary, Alberta from 2010 to 2015.
During our meetings with him, Tim expressed that while he enjoyed the variety and flexibility of freelance life, he missed the rhythm of the liturgical year and regular work with a choir. While Director of Music at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer in Calgary, Alberta, Tim developed their mixed professional and volunteer choir into a highly refined ensemble. That choir made two CDs under his leadership in Calgary, both of which were nationally broadcast. Having sung in many choirs himself, Tim is known for being able to give singers tangible tools to improve and enliven their sound and is a highly skilled liturgical and concert organist.
Tim has been engaged by the wardens for a one-year term as Interim Director of Music for Holy Apostles. We feel very lucky to have found him — and that he found us. By next summer, we expect Holy Apostles will have a new full-time rector and he or she will be responsible for future personnel decisions.